Staff

Our dedicated staff members are here to provide support, compassion, and information to help you through your journey of grief and the celebration of your loved one’s life.

 

Each of the staff members at Schildknecht Funeral Home is committed to providing your family with the finest in personal care. In fact, for years, it’s been comforting for area families to know that we are available to help at any time of the day or night.

When a loved one dies, all you need to do is make one phone call. From that moment on, we’ll take on the responsibilities of the physical care of your loved one, and the emotional care of those left behind.

Please take a few minutes to get to know our staff. We’re sure you’ll find each of us to be all that you would hope for in a trusted funeral professional.



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Curtis L. Schildknecht Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Office Phone: 618-632-3713
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“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life”- Confucius.

Growing up in service to the community is what my life has been all about. I was born and raised in O’Fallon and have raised my daughter Emily in O’Fallon. We live above the funeral home, she attended and graduated St. Clare Catholic School, and now attends OTHS, where I graduated in 1983. I served and retired from the O’Fallon Fire Department, was former treasurer of the City of O’Fallon, served on the School Board of O’Fallon District 90, Past President of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, current member of the Rotary International Noon Club, Illinois/Missouri Funeral Director Embalmer, Illinois licensed insurance agent and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

I attended Belleville Area College (currently Southwestern Illinois College) general studies and fire science, graduated St. Louis Community College, Funeral Service Education, St. Louis University School of Medicine Death Investigations and retired St. Clair County Deputy Coroner.

In our third generation of helping families in our community, that is what funeral service is all about. Let me know how I can help you.

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Stuart Eberle Funeral Assistant stuart.eberle@att.net

Stuart enlisted in the United States Air Force following graduation from High School. His second assignment brought him to Scott A.F.B, Illinois as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician providing inflight medical care for sick and injured patients from all branches of the Military. While stationed at Scott, he was accepted and certified as an EMT-Paramedic through Memorial Hospital and Belleville Area College. His a career in the Air Force took him to several assignments that included remote independent medical duty in the Republic of Turkey and two campaigns during the 1990/91 Gulf War. Stuart attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant retiring from military service in 2000. 

Returning to Southwest Illinois he became a Health and Safety Specialist for an international manufacturing company, then returned to U.S. Civil Service and retired in 2018 at the grade of NH3.

Stuart holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science Degree, Occupational Education, form Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, a Master of Arts Degree for Procurement and Acquisitions and Post Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.

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Christine Brennan Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer

Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

I received my Associates of Applied Science degree from St. Louis Community College in mortuary science. With three children to raise, I was able to obtain a grade point average to be on the Dean’s list and was proudly elected a class officer by fellow classmates. I completed my internship and apprenticeship through Schildknecht Funeral Home.

I am a licensed funeral director/embalmer and life insurance agent in the state of Illinois. I am also a certified cremator through with Matthews Cremation, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and a member and former President of the St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association.

Prior to entering funeral service, I was a legal assistant for over 20 years for prominent law firms, working for named partners. Some of my accomplishments during my career in law include being elected an officer of the St. Clair County Legal Professionals Association and being nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America.

I am a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois and a lifelong member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. I also served as a board member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

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Matthew Nance Certified Cremator/Funeral Assistant

Office Phone: 618-632-3713
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Matthew Nance has been a staff member since 2012 and has an Associate in Applied Science from St. Louis Community College. He is certified in cremation by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association since 2013. When Matthew is not working in the crematory, you can find him assisting funeral services and taking care of the grounds of the funeral home.

Matthew has lived in Belleville all his life, attended St. Mary’s Grade School, and graduated Althoff Catholic High School in 1999. In his free time Matthew likes to travel with his wife and spend time with his family. He is an avid sports fan and if there is a sport happening, you can find him watching or participating. Most of the time you can find him watching his nieces play softball or at his nephew’s football games.

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John Sissom Certified Cremator and Funeral Assistant

Office Phone: 618-632-3713
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John Sissom has been a member of the staff since 1967 working with three generations of the Schildknecht family. John is a funeral assistant working visitations and funerals and various positions as needed. He received his cremator certification from Matthews International in Florida in 2008. John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired member of the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department. He resides in O’Fallon with his wife Sandra, they have been married for over 54 years and have a son named Daniel. They enjoy traveling and are avid NASCAR fans.

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Crystal McAteer Administrative Assistant

Office Phone: 618-632-3713
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Crystal McAteer is the administrative assistant here at Schildknecht Funeral Home. She will be the one answering the phone and greeting you with a smile when you visit our facility. Crystal grew up in Missouri and moved to Belleville in 2011 and came to us in 2018 after many years of running her family’s lighting business. She received her Associate of Arts from Southwestern Illinois College and excels in all things accounting. Crystal lives with her husband, Jim, and son, Lennon. Her free time is spent going to concerts, Lennon’s basketball games, and heading to Champaign to cheer on the Fighting Illini.

Curtis L. Schildknecht

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

“Choose a job you love, and you will never work a day in your life”- Confucius.

Growing up in service to the community is what my life has been all about. I was born and raised in O’Fallon and have raised my daughter Emily in O’Fallon. We live above the funeral home, she attended and graduated St. Clare Catholic School, and now attends OTHS, where I graduated in 1983. I served and retired from the O’Fallon Fire Department, was former treasurer of the City of O’Fallon, served on the School Board of O’Fallon District 90, Past President of the O’Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce, current member of the Rotary International Noon Club, Illinois/Missouri Funeral Director Embalmer, Illinois licensed insurance agent and a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church.

I attended Belleville Area College (currently Southwestern Illinois College) general studies and fire science, graduated St. Louis Community College, Funeral Service Education, St. Louis University School of Medicine Death Investigations and retired St. Clair County Deputy Coroner.

In our third generation of helping families in our community, that is what funeral service is all about. Let me know how I can help you.

Stuart Eberle

Funeral Assistant
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Stuart enlisted in the United States Air Force following graduation from High School. His second assignment brought him to Scott A.F.B, Illinois as an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician providing inflight medical care for sick and injured patients from all branches of the Military. While stationed at Scott, he was accepted and certified as an EMT-Paramedic through Memorial Hospital and Belleville Area College. His a career in the Air Force took him to several assignments that included remote independent medical duty in the Republic of Turkey and two campaigns during the 1990/91 Gulf War. Stuart attained the rank of Chief Master Sergeant retiring from military service in 2000. 

Returning to Southwest Illinois he became a Health and Safety Specialist for an international manufacturing company, then returned to U.S. Civil Service and retired in 2018 at the grade of NH3.

Stuart holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing from the Community College of the Air Force, a Bachelor of Science Degree, Occupational Education, form Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas, a Master of Arts Degree for Procurement and Acquisitions and Post Graduate Certificate in Government Contracting from Webster University, St. Louis, MO.

Christine Brennan

Licensed Funeral Director / Embalmer
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Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

I received my Associates of Applied Science degree from St. Louis Community College in mortuary science. With three children to raise, I was able to obtain a grade point average to be on the Dean’s list and was proudly elected a class officer by fellow classmates. I completed my internship and apprenticeship through Schildknecht Funeral Home.

I am a licensed funeral director/embalmer and life insurance agent in the state of Illinois. I am also a certified cremator through with Matthews Cremation, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, and a member and former President of the St. Clair County Funeral Directors Association.

Prior to entering funeral service, I was a legal assistant for over 20 years for prominent law firms, working for named partners. Some of my accomplishments during my career in law include being elected an officer of the St. Clair County Legal Professionals Association and being nominated for Outstanding Young Woman of America.

I am a lifelong resident of Collinsville, Illinois and a lifelong member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. I also served as a board member of St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery.

Matthew Nance

Certified Cremator/Funeral Assistant
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Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

Matthew Nance has been a staff member since 2012 and has an Associate in Applied Science from St. Louis Community College. He is certified in cremation by the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association since 2013. When Matthew is not working in the crematory, you can find him assisting funeral services and taking care of the grounds of the funeral home.

Matthew has lived in Belleville all his life, attended St. Mary’s Grade School, and graduated Althoff Catholic High School in 1999. In his free time Matthew likes to travel with his wife and spend time with his family. He is an avid sports fan and if there is a sport happening, you can find him watching or participating. Most of the time you can find him watching his nieces play softball or at his nephew’s football games.

John Sissom

Certified Cremator and Funeral Assistant
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Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

John Sissom has been a member of the staff since 1967 working with three generations of the Schildknecht family. John is a funeral assistant working visitations and funerals and various positions as needed. He received his cremator certification from Matthews International in Florida in 2008. John is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired member of the O’Fallon Volunteer Fire Department. He resides in O’Fallon with his wife Sandra, they have been married for over 54 years and have a son named Daniel. They enjoy traveling and are avid NASCAR fans.

Crystal McAteer

Administrative Assistant
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Office Phone: 618-632-3713
Click here to send an email

 

Crystal McAteer is the administrative assistant here at Schildknecht Funeral Home. She will be the one answering the phone and greeting you with a smile when you visit our facility. Crystal grew up in Missouri and moved to Belleville in 2011 and came to us in 2018 after many years of running her family’s lighting business. She received her Associate of Arts from Southwestern Illinois College and excels in all things accounting. Crystal lives with her husband, Jim, and son, Lennon. Her free time is spent going to concerts, Lennon’s basketball games, and heading to Champaign to cheer on the Fighting Illini.